Show You Care Spotlight: Beauty for Ashes Uganda

Published: Mar. 18, 2018 at 8:36 PM CDT
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Working out of the Dostal House in Cedar Rapids, are two women business owners on a mission.

"A lot of these women will spend six hours walking to get to a water source, and it’s not even clean,” Meegan Hofmeister said.

"The idea is to empower the widows and the caregivers of these children," Alissa Gardner said.

Beauty for Ashes works to support women in Uganda. Many of these families are still recovering from a civil war that happened in the early 2000s. Meegan Hofmeister and Alissa Gardner traveled to Uganda this year.

"Getting to spend the day with the mamas I sponsor getting to spend a day with them and dig potatoes with them and get to hear their stories and about their kids,” Meegan Hofmeister said.

While there, the team set up four clean water wells in four separate villages. They later shared their experiences with friends back in Cedar Rapids.

"When we left Uganda there were still eight moms that needed sponsors and we were able to get home to Cedar Rapids and find some sponsors here,” Meegan Hofmeister said.

The friends are also raising money in eastern Iowa, that'll go towards helping the moms become self-sufficient.

"We're raising the start-up costs to buy sewing machines, we already have people to run the projects even within the leadership in the villages we just need to buy material for them and sewing machines,” Alissa Gardner said.

Building lasting relationships with women across the world. And the friends plan to return to Uganda this fall, to check on their new extended families.